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The WHO recently launched new Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour. The Guidelines provide evidence-based public health recommendations for children, adolescents, adults and older adults on the amount of physical activity (frequency, intensity and duration) required to offer significant health benefits and mitigate health risks.
Recommendations are provided for the first time on the associations between sedentary behaviour and health outcomes, as well as for subpopulations, such as pregnant and postpartum women, and people living with chronic conditions or disability.
A recently published article highlighted a number of interesting points in regards to muscle-strengthening exercise. The researchers found that whilst clinical and epidemiological evidence links muscle-strengthening exercise to optimal health and well-being, over 80 percent of adults do not report meeting the muscle-strengthening exercise guidelines (≥ 2 times per week). They also found, that compared to aerobic physical activity/exercise, muscle-strengthening exercise has been generally overlooked in public health approaches for chronic disease prevention.
The Greater Christchurch Sport & Recreation Guide has undergone a significant revamp over the past few months. New branding has been developed and the website has a fresh new look. The Activities Directory - added to the Guide in 2019 - now has close to 200 class, group and programme listings. A new Events section has also been added. The next step is to start spreading the word about the Guide more widely. Over the coming months, a promotional strategy will be rolled out to encourage more Cantabrians to visit the site and make a connection with clubs, groups and providers in their area.
Mary Walker is introduced to us in a recent Stuff article titled Zero motivation? Completely exhausted? It's you and many others, say experts. She has been "so tired" for months. "I just feel lethargic," she says. "I haven't got any motivation, because I can't plan things like I normally would."
Mary's experience is not unique, people everywhere are experiencing emotional "ups and downs", low levels of motivation, fatigue and stress.
The good news is that activity providers are well positioned to make a big contribution to the recovery effort. Routines and structure play an important role in helping people cope with uncertain times.
In a mere few days, NZers went from being able to meet in groups to strict self isolation and social distancing restrictions. These changes, implemented to stop the spread of COVID-19, have had a major impact on many businesses and not-for-profits, and the exercise sector has been particularly hard hit. Group exercise is all about bringing people together, so overnight many activity providers were faced with a mountain of new challenges. Namely, how to adapt and deliver classes in this new environment!
Wearables – fitness trackers, smart watches, HR monitors, and GPS tracking devices – are a booming industry!
Wearable technology was the no. 1 trend in the most recent worldwide fitness trends survey conducted by The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) – and has been since 2016!
The use of wearable technology in the healthcare sector is only going to extend according to Soreon research – with a predicted increase of investments into the healthcare sector from $2 billion in 2014 to $41 billion in 2020.
EXOS Performance specialist Cody Carter believes "we're entering a phase in the health and performance industries where technology and people have to find ways to work together. When fitness professionals embrace wearables and use data to their advantage, it can improve business and help more people meet their goals". So let's take a look at how trainers and instructors can harness the benefits of wearable tech..